Salamonie River

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Salamonie River
Country US
Basin features
Main source near Salamonia, Indiana in Jay County, Indiana
River mouth Wabash River by Lagro, Indiana
Physical characteristics
Length 84.4 miles (135.8 km)

The Salamonie River is a tributary of the Wabash River, in eastern Indiana in the United States.[1] The river is 84.4 miles (135.8 km) long.[2] It is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, via the Wabash and Ohio rivers. The USS Salamonie was named for the river.

The Salamonie River originates near Salamonia in southeastern Jay County and flows generally northwestwardly through Blackford, Wells, Huntington and Wabash counties, past the communities of Portland, Pennville, Montpelier, Warren and Mount Etna. It joins the Wabash River from the south in Wabash County, opposite Lagro.[3]

In Wabash County, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam, completed for the purpose of flood control in 1966,[4] causes the river to form Salamonie Lake.

The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on "Salamonie River" as the stream's name in 1917. According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as "Salamanie River", "Salamonia River", and "Salamanic River."[5]

The name Salamonie is derived from the Miami Indian word osahmonee which means "yellow paint". The Indians would make yellow paint from the bloodroot plant that grew along the river banks.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry for Salamonie River
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 19, 2011
  3. ^ DeLorme (1998). Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-211-0
  4. ^ Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry for Salamonie Lake
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Salamonie River
  6. ^ "Bloodroot Trail" (PDF). Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Godfroy, Clarence (1987) [1961]. Miami Indian Stories. Winona Lake, IN: Life and Life Press. p. 166. 

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Coordinates: 40°49′58″N 85°43′04″W / 40.83282°N 85.71776°W / 40.83282; -85.71776